Opposition has to step up game
Eamon Gilmore, the leader of the Labour Party, has been rallying his troops this weekend with promises of what he will do when he gets into government, but if he and Enda Kenny, the Fine Gael leader, want to be taken seriously, their focus needs to be much sharper.
All their energies need to be devoted to bringing down the current Coalition Government and they need to demonstrate a hunger for immediate responsibility. The time for game-playing is long past: poll after poll reveals the depth of the public's anger and disillusion with Brian Cowen's government.
There is no confidence in his ability to lead the country out of recession, but there is as yet no clear sign that the public has much confidence in the opposition parties either. They lead in the polls, but they do not fire the public's imagination.